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Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

One hip, vintage & retro shop in Neenah, Wisconsin April 29, 2014

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The signage on Vintique, 131 West Wisconsin Avenue, Neenah, Wisconsin.

The signage on Vintique, 131 West Wisconsin Avenue, Neenah, Wisconsin.

I LOVE THIS BOUTIQUE in downtown Neenah, Wisconsin.

Audrey's Closet, likely named after Audrey Hepburn and not me, holds vintage 50s clothing.

Audrey’s Closet, likely named after Audrey Hepburn and not me, holds vintage 50s clothing.

Not just because a section of vintage 1950s clothing is tucked into a space labeled Audrey’s Closet.

Love Story framed.

Love Story framed.

And not simply because of the Love Story album cover framed and posted on a stairway wall. Love Story, released in 1970, rates as one of my favorite movies. I was 14 then, falling for Ryan O’Neal and this heart-tugging love story co-starring Ali MacGraw. I tacked a poster of the couple onto the lime green walls of my basement bedroom with the candy striped carpet.

I digress. Sort of.

A vintage 1950s wardrobe in Audrey's Closet.

A vintage 1950s wardrobe in Audrey’s Closet.

Vintique, LLC, elicits this type of response—this embracing of the past—with the merchandise offered here. If you appreciate vintage, antique, boutique and unique, then this is your kind of shop. Vintique.

My daughter tried on the elegant black dress along the far wall in this room full of vintage clothing.

My daughter tried on the elegant black dress along the far wall in this  second floor room full of vintage and retro clothing and other merchandise.

If not for my daughter Miranda, who lives in neighboring Appleton, I likely never would have discovered this shop in the heart of a cozy downtown that features a mix of historic and modern buildings. How well she knows me and my appreciation of vintage.

Clothing from the 1960s found in the Laugh-in & Goldie's Style Closet.

Clothing from the 1960s found in the Laugh-in & Goldie’s Style Closet.

Now if only I was a few decades younger and dress sizes smaller, I’d feel comfortable in the actual and replica retro and vintage clothing sold at Vintique. But I’m well past the age of trying to look young and hip. Some older women can carry that off; I’m not one of them.

Just look at those prints...

Just look at those prints…

That didn’t stop me, though, from gushing over the vintage and retro clothing and accessories. Had you listened in, you would have overheard me saying, “If I was looking for a prom dress…if I was getting married…if I was going to a summer wedding…if I was younger…”

Vintage white pumps for a special occasion.

Vintage white pumps for a special occasion perch on a shelf above a rack of clothes.

Not that age should stop anyone from shopping Vintique. Had I really searched, I’m certain I would have found something that fit me and suited my style and age.

 

Vintage jewelry galore.

Vintique rates as one cool (yes, I am a child of the 70s) place with other funky finds like vintage jewelry,

 

A funky hat.

hats,

 

Vintage shoes

shoes and purses;

Little people

Little People key chains; pillows; art; and more.

A section of Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Neenah, Wisconsin.

A section of Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Neenah, Wisconsin.

Vintique, at 131 West Wisconsin Avenue.

Downtown Neenah features historic buildings.

Downtown Neenah features historic buildings.

That’s in Neenah, south of Appleton, southwest of Green Bay.

© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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9 Responses to “One hip, vintage & retro shop in Neenah, Wisconsin”

  1. PoshPedlar Says:

    What a find! Thanks for sharing, love the clip on earrings, very Mad Men!

  2. Dan Traun Says:

    Vintage shops are fun to peruse through. You never know what you are going to find. Treasures everywhere. The little people key chains are very cool. There are some people that just have a knack for reviving and sometimes reworking vintage.

  3. hotlyspiced Says:

    I love the hats and the shoes. This is a gorgeous shop and I’d love to browse around and spend hours going through all the unique pieces. It’s just fabulous! xx

  4. What a COOL Place to Explore! I still think I was born in the wrong year (the 70’s) because I love the fashion from the 20’s and 30’s 🙂


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